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Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird

The Tallest Man on EarthAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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There's No Leaving Now, the newest record from Kristian Matsson's aptly titled moniker, The Tallest Man On Earth, finds the Swedish troubadour trading in the sense of urgency that fueled his first two records for a confidently relaxed approach. The results are paralyzing. The songwriting is every bit as detailed and captivating as his previous work, but this time around, Matsson is ... Read more in Amazon's The Tallest Man on Earth Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B0043FWXG2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little River
2. The Dreamer
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4. Tangle in This Trampled Wheat
5. Thrown Right at Me

Editorial Reviews


"[T]he EP allows Matsson to explore one particular mood: a primary color in his palette, a bluesy melancholy that defines and permeates every song here." --Pitchfork

Product Description

The Tallest Man on Earth released The Wild Hunt this past April, and the album found its way into the hearts of fans everywhere. The connection that the Tallest Man on Earth (aka songwriter Kristian Matsson) has with his fans is a sight to behold he has performed around the world, at clubs and festivals, and the bond between Matsson and his audience is breathtaking. Matsson is the rarest of performers, charismatic and captivating, and his passion for performance bleeds through every single time he takes the stage.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Most Consistent Release Yet January 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
On a Thursday afternoon, unemployed yet tired, I sat fidgety in the storefront window of 816 Pint N' Slice, watching the wind storm blow the businessmen around as I gummed away my last three dollars, perfectly satisfied by the glow of pepperoni grease. Earlier in the day I'd invested in the brand new EP from Sweeden's Tallest Man On Earth, Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird, certain that it would leave me as simultaneously impressed and bored as his recent LP, The Wild Hunt. But, instead, sitting in grease and wind as opener "Little River" flowed through my head, I felt alright. Still hungry but happy as the song played on, instantly my new favorite from the man so many were calling Dylan. The Skinny Little Man from far away who sang with an American accent and the power of a writer with a clear talent for melody and timeless verse.

For the unfamiliar, TMOE is Kristian Matsson, a normal-sized 27 year old songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden. Having earned a small but fervent fanbase while touring with Bon Iver (at the height of the Bon Iver buzz, no less), Matsson's star has been brightening ever since, his recent record, the aforementioned The Wild Hunt, earning some of the best reviews of 2010. Known foremost for his raspy-yet-joyful voice and spare, fingerpicked compositions, TMOE is two albums (and now two EPs) deep into his campaign for World's Best Young Songwriter. Me? Well, I was instantly impressed by the writing and vocals when I heard TMOE's debut, Shallow Grave, a couple of years ago. That said, I felt that the sparseness of the compositions - not to mention the similarities to early Dylan - proved to be limiting.

But here I sit, feeling the fall roll in on Calhoun Street, perfectly soundtracked by Matsson's beautiful "The Dreamer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It April 6, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Simply an amazing collection of songs. Even though there aren't that many songs, each is extremely powerful, and one of his best songs ever, if not the best, "The Dreamer" is a true masterpiece. The vinyl functions fine and came with a download code which was great. A great place to start with this guy if you're intimidated by a full length for one reason or another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aweseme June 30, 2012
By Jnot
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Great album at an amazing price, very fast shipping and the tallest man in the world is the coolest guy I know. He dates my sister, boom!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it October 8, 2011
By Jake
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I read reviews all the time, but I don't write enough of them. In this case, however, I felt compelled. Music is all about personal preference and taste, so I can't guarantee you'll love this album. That said, if you are a fan of the singer-songwriter, folk, Dylan, or just open to new genres, I think you'll love it. It's chill, powerful, unique...can't say enough about it. If you listen to the track previews and think you might like it, don't hesitate; just buy it. Ever since I discovered Kristian Matsson, I've been a huge fan. Crazy talented, great EP, and if you like this one, do yourself a favor and buy his other albums. I have everything he's done so far and it's all been really good. Looking forward to the next release, whenever it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, delicate, haunting February 18, 2013
Format:Audio CD
The Tallest Man on Earth is a folk musician from Sweden. He's got a powerful voice and his songs usually tend to focus on loneliness, love, nature, and relationships. He's usually only accompanied by a guitar, but this EP "Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird" brings in elements of blues music, as well as Americana folk. It's a tender 20 minutes about some of the themes discussed above. Fans of The Tallest Man on Earth will enjoy this collection of songs. For new fans, I would start with "Shallow Grave" before moving on to this EP. I look forward to hearing more music from The Tallest Man on Earth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a damn good EP January 9, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like The Tallest Man on Earth then this is a must have. With five songs the album comes to about 17 minutes of awesome. Every song is excellent, but the dreamer is absolutely amazing. If you don't have it, get it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shorter, sadder EP. Tons of emotion. December 28, 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
It crazy how much Tallest Man is able to convey this much emotion in 5-6 songs. All of them are great songs and a must have for any Tallest Man fan.
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